Published by Tor Teen on February 7th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
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Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.
Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother's killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she's secretly doing on her own.
Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she's close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it's too late.
I haven’t read that many mystery books. I do like them when I read them and I did enjoy To Catch a Killer. I liked it but the reason I gave it three and a half hearts is because it seemed too predictable at least for me it did. Not to mention I only liked two characters. I feel the reason I did enjoy this book is the premise. The concept of this story seemed incredibly and I was excited to read it. Yet as I read it more and more I realized that I knew what was going to happen next. Nothing really surprised me when I am supposed to be surprised.
Erin was one of the few characters that I did like. In total I liked a total of three characters, Erin being one of them. She is very unique in a sense. Her obsession with her mother’s murder and her science teacher’s murder just made me look at the book at a psychological stand point which I enjoyed doing. her attic and her little forensic science were really parts of the reason on why I enjoyed this book. And I loved it when her uncle (second character I liked) came into town because her curiosity just perked up when he arrived.
I have mixed feeling about Journey (third character I count as I sorta liked). As a person I liked him. I don’t think he did anything when it came to solving the mystery. He was more of a “finish the sentence” sort of person. Oh! And not to mention I really really thought the romance was a little too fast! I understand Erin’s side of the romance. Erin has liked Journey for a very long time before anything even remotely happened between the two of them but Journey…He only noticed Erin for real when they came partners which was around the time he started getting feelings towards her. TOO FAST.
The other characters I wasn’t a big fan of. The aunt was tolerable but I did not enjoy her. The two friends? Okay. You’re Erin’s best friends, correct? Well as her best friend you should trust her 100% of the time even if she is saying some crazy stuff. At least that’s what I do. And why in the living fruitcake (i don’t know, I just really want cake) would she tell you guys anything when you deny everything she says! And then you get mad for her not telling you stuff?!
*sigh* Okay. Okay. I’m calm. The rest of the “important” characters I just didn’t care. I didn’t get enough background or details about them to actually care about them.
That is that, I would recommend this book to people who like any type of mystery and wouldn’t really mind not being surprised when it came to mystery (so..none of you) I have to admit that I enjoyed reading this book but there was just too many problems for me to say “I recommend this book.”